This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
MURIC SUPPORTS SACK OF CORRUPT JUDGES
20th July, 2016
MURIC SUPPORTS SACK
OF CORRUPT JUDGES
Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede of the High Court of the
State of Osun has been recommended for compulsory retirement by the National
Judicial Council (NJC). Equally recommended for compulsory retirement by NJC is
Justice Muhammed Nasiru Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) warmly welcomes the
recommendations of NJC concerning the two erring judges. It is good riddance to
Nigerians were totally flabbergasted when Justice Oloyede
wrote a politically motivated petition against Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his
deputy. Yet she could not substantiate her claims when the state’s House of
Assembly investigated the matter. Her action contradicted her status as an
unbiased umpire. Nigerians would do better with illiterate carpenters as high
court judges than learned people of her mean disposition.
Whereas corruption is the bane of life more abundant for
the people of Nigeria and whereas the masses have resolved to tackle this
hydra-headed monster headlong by bringing corrupt politicians to book, Justice
Muhammed Nasiru Yunusa, in an undisguised attempt to frustrate the course of
justice, aided and abetted looters by granting frivolous injunctions in favour
MURIC commends NJC for this bold and forthright decision.
The judiciary will earn its deserved respect if all the bad eggs can be fished
out and severely dealt with.
We warn that the war against corruption cannot succeed if
the judiciary constitutes itself into a clog in the wheel of progress. It is
sad to see looters sharing less than 10% of their loot with corrupt judges and
unprincipled lawyers for the purpose of frustrating the prosecution while they spend
the rest 90% living flambouyant lives in the midst of wretched citizens.
We remind judges that the judiciary is the last hope of
the common man. Nigeria is on the brink of economic dehydration unless all
leakages can be plugged. The battle line is drawn. Without prejudice to due
process and the rule of law, the question on our lips is, “Are you with us or
are you with the looters?”
As we round up, we assure Nigerian judges that the masses are
eagerly waiting to see judges and lawyers in the forefront of the war against
corruption. Just as the names of looters are currently being hung in the people’s
hall of shame, so will the names of judges who stand by the masses to fight
corruption be printed in letters of gold in the people’s hall of fame.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)